Welcome to The Bonefish Flat

There's a stiff wind in your face as you squint in the sun trying to see what the guide sees. "Bonefish at 12 o'clock about 90 feet, do you see it, mon?" You don't and keep squinting, your hat pulled low to keep the sun out of your eyes. "Bonefish at 11 o'clock 70 feet out. Come on man, do you see it?" As the guide is calmly shifting the skiff into position, this time you spot the fish, "I got, it," you reply.

"OK, Mon, Bonefish 50 feet at 10 o'clock. Cast when you're ready."

Cast when you're ready. And with that you drop your fly, roll out a cast, false cast once, and then...

Welcome to the bonefish flat.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Happy Monday From The Bonefish Flat

It's Monday and I didn't get to go fishing this weekend.  I did change the title picture on the site and I hope folks like a little change up.

I did get to work on some casting practice and I want to talk a little about wind.  When you're fly fishing, whether on a trout stream, a river for smallmouth bass, and especially on a saltwater flat, you're going to run into wind.

Today I was practicing with my 8 weight into a 10 mph wind, and I did pretty good.  I was able to reach 65 pretty consistently and still hit my target.  I'm feeling ready to hit the bonefish flat.  I could boom a few casts to 80 feet, but couldn't do much more.

To show you what wind can do, I decided to turn around and see what I could do with a 10 mph wind behind me.  I nailed 100 feet on the first try.

So practice your casting into the wind.  You can bet whether you're on The Bonefish Flat, or on your favorite Montana trout stream, that you're going to be casting into the wind.

I also got a little time at the vise.  Here's a pic from my tying adventure.

I tied and trimmed up a few Merkins, a gotcha with orange thread (as suggested by my friend Pete), and a Kwan, which I may call a GLOK, for Griffin's Love on Kwan, which is a Kwan fly but I'm using red crystal flash for the butt.  So, how much do you have to change a fly before you can name it??

Finally, let's remember to keep our friends in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast in our thoughts and prayers.  This oil slick looks like it could really ruin a fantastic fishery.  Of course, along with it, the lives of some people who really deserve a break.  I was scheduled to go to New Orleans later this year and go redfishing, not sure if that will happen now or not.  This disaster should trouble us all.

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